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Fireworks Plant Fined After Blast Causes Worker’s Hand Amputation

A Pennsylvania fireworks manufacturer will pay nearly $15,000 in fines for serious safety violations, some of which resulted in a blast that caused a worker to suffer an accidental amputation of both her hands. The accidental amputation occurred at the Celebrations Fireworks plant in Slatington, Pennsylvania, on June 30. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which investigated the company in response to the accident, said that a worker was inserting a match fuse into a fireworks charge when the product detonated. According to LehighValleyLive.com, OSHA documents say “the fireworks exploded and both of the employee’s hands were amputated.” ... Read More

Food Plant Fined After Third Accidental Amputation in Three Years

A food processing plant in Pasco, Washington, faces more than $90,000 in fines for serious repeated safety violations after a worker had his finger partially amputated by moving machinery. The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) said that it cited Freeze Pak, a division of Oregon Potato Co., for six safety violations with fines of $92,400. The fines were issued after a plant worker’s accidental finger amputation triggered an inspection. The amputation was the third time in three years that a worker suffered an accidental amputation at the plant. Three of the safety violations involved serious violations for which ... Read More

Greyhound Bus Crash Kills Girl, Injures 12 Others in Utah

A Greyhound bus veered off the shoulder of I-70 in Utah late New Year’s Eve, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring a dozen others, including three in serious condition. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are on their way to the scene of the Greyhound bus crash in Emery County in the central part of Utah. The Utah Highway Patrol said in a news release that the Greyhound bus was traveling west on Interstate 70 to Las Vegas when it careened off the highway about 11 p.m. Sunday. “The bus traveled into a steep wash and came to rest approximately ... Read More

Workplace Accidents Often Trigger PTSD in Workers

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness typically associated with combat and violence, but any frightening or disturbing experience that overwhelms a person, no matter who and where they are, can trigger PTSD. Much news is focused on workers who suffer some form of physical injury in the workplace, but seldom do we hear about the mental and emotional injuries that on-the-job trauma causes. For instance, workers who witness an amputation on the job, a crushing or falling incident, an explosion, or some other horrific workplace accident that results in a coworker’s severe injury or death. According to the ... Read More

Biloxi Construction Worker Dies in Likely Electrocution Accident

Police in Hattiesburg, Mississippi are investigating a construction worker’s possible electrocution death at a shopping complex under construction in the city. According to the Hattiesburg American, Forest County Coroner Lisa Klem identified the construction worker as Paul Anthony Lawnicki of Biloxi. Jackson, Mississippi’s WHLT says that Mr. Lawnicki was 45 years old. The apparent accident occurred about 9:00 Friday morning at The District at Midtown. Emergency workers arrived at the work site in the 2900 block of Hardy Street to find Mr. Lawnicki in a crane that had made contact with a power line. He was declared dead at the ... Read More

Multiple Deaths, Injuries in Washington Amtrak Derailment

An Amtrak derailment in DuPont, Washington, Monday morning has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries. Authorities say at least three people are dead after part of Amtrak’s newly opened Cascades 501 line careened off an overpass near Mounts Road in Dupont and landing on the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 below. Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma is serving as the main hospital receiving casualties from the train crash, but the hospital did not disclose how many patients it has seen. A spokesman for Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia told The Seattle Times that it had received about a ... Read More

NTSB Investigating Deadly Charter Airplane Crash Near San Diego

Federal investigators are looking for answers in an airplane crash that destroyed a San Diego-area home Saturday evening, killing two passengers and a dog on the ground. According to NBC 7 San Diego, a single-engine Beechcraft charter plane operated by Altitude Aviation of Hermosa Beach crashed into the back of a Clairemont, California home around 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The explosion the airplane crash created and ensuing fire destroyed the home and everything inside. Four people including the pilot were aboard the charter plane. The airplane crash killed two of the passengers. The pilot and another passenger survived with injuries. ... Read More

Parents of Worker Killed At ExxonMobil Refinery File Lawsuit

The parents of a worker killed at the ExxonMobil refinery in Beaumont, Texas, have filed a lawsuit seeking compensation and damages from the companies whose negligence they allege caused the workplace fatality of their daughter. Yesenia Espinoza, 31, was working as a pipefitter assistant at a construction project at the ExxonMobil plant Dec. 1 when she was struck by a piece of piping and killed, according to the Beaumont Enterprise. Ms. Espinoza’s parents filed their lawsuit in Jefferson County court Dec. 4 against ExxonMobil, the construction and engineering firm Bechtel, and Echo Maintenance, the Port Arthur, Texas, company that employed ... Read More

Tennessee Official Sues Tractor-Trailer Co. and Driver Over Crash

A former Tennessee state representative is suing an Illinois trucking firm and others for injuries he suffered when a tractor-trailer crashed into his vehicle on I-81 in Kingsport, Tennessee last month. Jason Mumpower, who currently serves as Tennessee Comptroller chief of staff, filed the lawsuit Dec. 4 with his wife in a Greeneville, Tennessee federal court. The Mumpowers allege that Illinois-based Sopranos Inc. and Gogu Trucking Express and driver Pavel Gheleniuc of Orlando, Florida, are liable for the accident that left Mr. Mumpower with multiple “extensive” injuries. According to the Kingsport, Tennessee Times News, the lawsuit centers on a traffic ... Read More

Worker’s Deadly Fall Leads To $112K Fines for Lumber Mill

A Washington lumber mill faces $112,000 for critical safety violations following the death of a worker who fell from an improperly guarded elevated platform in April. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) said 41-year-old Andrew Ward died on the job at Sierra Pacific Industries after a section of permanent yellow guardrail had been removed from the 17-and-a-half-foot-high platform and replaced with yellow caution tape. According to investigators, Sierra Pacific removed the section of guardrail so that a crane could better move some equipment. At some point after the guardrail was removed, Mr. Ward went to the edge of the ... Read More